A spokesperson with the Navy’s Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) confirmed to Vice/Motherboard that it possesses several UFO videos that, upon release, “would cause exceptionally grave damage to the National Security of the United States.”
In response to a Freedom of Information request by researcher Christian Lambright into an encounter between personnel of the USS Nimitz Navy ship and some unidentified flying objects in November 2004, the Navy said it had “discovered certain briefing slides that are classified TOP SECRET. A review of these materials indicates that are currently and appropriate Marked and Classified TOP SECRET under Executive Order 13526, and the Original Classification Authority has determined that the release of these materials would cause exceptionally grave damage to the National Security of the United States.”
“We have also determined that ONI possesses a video classified SECRET that ONI is not the Original Classification Authority for,” the notice read further.
The outlet also conducted an attempted verification into the veracity of this information by contacting the Navy themselves.
Susan Gough, a Pentagon spokesperson, told Motherboard, “The Department of Defense, specifically the U.S. Navy, has the video. As Navy and my office have stated previously, as the investigation of UAP sightings is ongoing, we will not publicly discuss individual sighting reports/observations.”
It all started around Nov. 14, 2004, aboard the USS Princeton missile cruiser some 100 miles off the coast of San Diego, when several crew members spotted irregularities on the radar system.
E-2 Hawkeye aircraft were sent from an aircraft carrier a few hundred miles away to investigate the objects that were flying in U.S. airspace and that seemed to defy physics. One of the jets managed to catch a jittery glimpse of the tic-tac shaped vessel and record the hazy, black-and-white encounter. The footage can be seen in the Nimitz Encounters documentary video.
The U.S. Navy in November already confirmed that the 2004 video footage of UFO encounters, popularly known as the Nimitz Encounters, is genuine.
In both events, “unknown individuals” appeared and confiscated the tapes, ordering staff.
The Nimitz UFO sightings marked the first time the U.S. Navy publicly acknowledged on record that the three UFO videos released by The New York Times and To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTSA) were real “unidentified” flying objects.
An NTD request to verified the FOIA response with the U.S. Navy has not been responded to yet.
NTD Reporter Zusmee Byamba contributed to this report